Being a university student isn't easy. There are exams, papers and let’s not forget crippling student debt with little to no income. For most post-secondary students, working while in school is a must. How else is rent going to get paid -- or kegs going to be purchased, right?
While working a minimum wage job is nothing to be ashamed of, it would always be nice to make a little more. I’ve done a little digging to find out exactly which jobs around Canada pay the best and are the most convenient for students. It may or may not surprise you to find out the highest paying job in most major Canadian cities has to do with something university students do all week long -- school.
Check out this list and get applying!
St. Johns, Newfoundland
The minimum wage Newfoundland is currently at $11.15. If you want to be making over $4/h more than that while still being able to juggle your studies, there’s a company offering students the perfect opportunity.
Public Outreach has an office in St. John’s and they’re paying $16/h for part-time fundraisers. There are also regular salary increases, opportunities for career growth and you get to choose the days you work. Sounds like a deal!
What’s better than working in your pajamas? Especially if you’re a student who’s been up all night writing essays. This $13.50/h position in Charlottetown, almost $2 above minimum wage, lets you work from home. They’ll even spot you $50 to get set up with their equipment.
Numeris is looking for at-home marketing interviewers. Those in this position get to work part-time conducting surveys over the phone and entering answers into computers. They also offer an “exciting thank you bonus”.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
As long as you’re working toward a secondary degree, you could be making up to $20 an hour as a second-grade tutor. GettaTutor.com in Halifax is looking for people part-time to tutor kids in reading, writing, and math.
If you’re in uni, there’s no doubt you can tackle some grade 2 homework, right? The company offers a rate a whopping $9 over minimum wage and lets you work at your own pace, set your own schedule and work as much or as little as you like.
Moncton, New Brunswick
MaxSys Staffing & Consulting in Moncton is looking for a ton of part-time workers for a bunch of different positions at their company. They pay as much as $18/h. Right now, they’re looking for warehouse staff, event staff, customer service reps, drivers and administrative staff. They offer various start times and are totally flexible when it comes to availability.
You can make up to $14.50/h working as an elementary school tutor for J.C. Academy near Montreal. In this position, employees help students with their weekly courses, prepare lesson plans, outline homework plans and prepare kids for upcoming tests and quizzes.
This position can be anywhere from 8-20 hours per week depending on your availability. Employees can choose between weekday shifts from 4 PM - 8 PM. or weekend shifts between 10 AM - 4 PM. which totally coincides with off-class hours.
Tutors get treated well in Ontario let me tell you. That’s because you can be making up to $28/h part-time working in the Greater Toronto Area with Reingold Tutoring Inc. helping students with their studies. Tutors work in the homes of students and get to choose which locations work best for them.
The availability requirements are perfect for students, weeknights are during the hours of 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and you can even pick up weekend work if you’d like. You only have to be able to commit to two nights a week to land this job.
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Manitoba takes quite a nosedive compared to Ontario, however, this $14/h student job in Winnipeg is still almost $3 above the province's minimum wage. WISE Kid-Netic Energy is looking for a part-time workshop instructor.
The company travels to schools all around the city delivering hands-on workshops based on Manitoba's science curriculum. Student workers are only required to offer 3 hours of work per week. This means you can work as little or as much as you’d like.
Modern Water Solutions in Saskatoon has jobs for students listed and even has a scholarship program for those who qualify. They are looking for part-time water sales representatives who make anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 a month depending on how much they can work.
Those in this position will be greeting clients and evaluating water samples. If you’ve got that salesperson charm, you even have the option to work on commission.
TutorBright in Calgary is offering $21/h for in-home tutor-mentors. The company offers flexible hours and even supplies you with pre-written lesson plans.
Tutors only have to commit to 2-10 hours per week and most sessions begin in the afternoon after 3:30 PM. TutorBright has been voted the best tutoring service in the Huffington Post and Reader's Digest.
Well, this city takes the cake for highest paying student job by far. You can make up to $40/h with TutorTag Vancouver tutoring any subject you want. They even allow you to set your own schedule and charge clients whatever you choose.
To be considered you must have knowledge of the B.C. curriculum, have access to transportation and pass a criminal background check. Sounds like a piece of $40/h cake!